Category: Psychology

SURF Award for Yovich

This summer, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program will fund 23 students from across the University with funds from the Vice President for Research and the Honors Institute. The total funding for the program this year is $80,500.

Among the recipients is Psychology major Faryn Yovich, working with Shane Mueller on “Relationship between Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Creativity in Children.”

From Tech Today.

Slade Presents at Equity Conference

Mental ToughnessRepresentatives from Michigan Tech attended the “Equity Within the Classroom Conference” hosted by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, recently.

Michigan Tech presentations included: Darnishia Slade (CLS), “Mental Toughness in Academia: Women pursuing STEM majors”; Liz Fujita (SYP), accompanied by an LSSU representative presented “UP, UP, and away: Gearing Up Rural Michigan Students for Life After High School”; and Kaitlyn Bunker ( ECE) moderated a panel discussion coordinated by Elizabeth Hoy (IIE), “Engaging Industry Partnership in the Diversity Pipeline.”

Read more at Tech Today.

Association of Psychology Students on Eating Disorders

Perceived body image affects all members of a society. The desired look present in a culture determines how others will view themselves. In Western cultures, women who are considered beautiful are tall, skinny, have facial symmetry and light skin. Not every member of our society looks like this ideal and it creates problems across the sexes socioeconomic backgrounds.
Darryl Roberts examines our “obsession with beauty” in his documentary “America the Beautiful,” which was screened on Feb. 20 on campus.

Who really benefits from people’s insecurities? That’s what Darryl Roberts is trying to find out. On February 25 there was a showing of his newest installation of the series, “America the Beautiful 3,” as a part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This film focuses on “the sexualization of our youth,” and is having its first showing ever here. On February 27, there was free and confidential eating disorder screenings in the MUB Peninsula room conducted by MTU Counseling Services, supported by the Association of Psychology Students.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Sarah Harttung.

CLS Grads Receive Travel Grants

Graduate Student Government Travel Grant Award Winners for Spring 2014

Travel grants for spring 2014 have been awarded. Among the Presenting Travel Grants ($ 250) recipients are cognitive and learning sciences graduate students Erich Petushek and Wei Zhang.

The full list of graduate recipients can be accessed online.

Travel grants are awards that help subsidize cost of attending and presenting at conferences. These awards are sponsored by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Graduate School. For more information on travel grants, please visit the webpage.

Should you have any questions, contact the GSG treasurer Jennifer Winikus (

From Tech Today.

Dean’s List Fall 2013

Fall 2013 4.00
Gaboury Jocelyn D* SO SPSY
Lehman William E* SR SPSY
Mauer Tessa K* SR SPSY
Shull Catherine E* JR SPSY

Fall 2013 3.99-3.50
Cherubini-Sutinen Alysa R SR SPSY
Deane Katrina E SR SPSY
Dumpprope Richard W JR SPSY
Dunham Charles L SR SPSY
Evans Zachary R SO SPSY
Grundmanis Larissa A SO SPSY
Harter Kayla R JR SPSY
Huff Rachael M SR SPSY
Jordon MacKenzie K JR SPSY
Kemppainen Marshall T JR SPSY
LaFave Chase C SR SPSY
Mayer Evan M SO SPSY
Santerre Cassaundra D JR SPSY
Schreifels David J JR SPSY
Shawbitz Kara N SO SPSY
Stoffel Rebecca R FR SPSY
Wetelainen Amanda L SR SPSY

Visiting Scholar Presenting as Part of the VWMLS Series Monday

Priti Shah, professor of cognitive and educational psychology at the University of Michigan, will be visiting the cognitive and learning sciences department. She will give a presentation today, March 3, 2014, at 2 p.m., in Meese 109, entitled “Working memory and visual display comprehension.” The presentation is open to all.

This visit is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS), which is funded by the President’s Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

From Tech Today.

Patrick Belling is an Exceptional Graduate Student Leader

Patrick Belling 2014 Leader
Patrick Belling accepts the Exceptional Graduate Student Leader Award from Jay Meldrum.

Patrick Belling, who is a PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, received an Exceptional Graduate Student Leader merit award by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). The GSG Merit Award Winners were recognized at the 2014 Graduate Research Colloquium with a plaque presentation.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

CLS at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th
Human Impact (A2)
Investigating Lexical Access of Crossword Solvers – Kejkaew Thanasuan, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Optimizing Risk Communication with Graphs – Margo M. Woller-Carter, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
The Effect of Skill and Viewpoint on Recognition of Dynamic Scenes in Soccer – Patrick Belling, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
“Listen2dRoom”: Helping Visually Impaired People Navigate Unfamiliar Spaces – Seyedeh Husseini, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

More Abstracts, Presenting Authors

Hierarchical Spatial Representations in Search and Pathfinding – Brandon S. Perelman, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Mapping Between Dancers’ Movements and Sonification Parameters in the Immersive Interactive Sonification Platform – Steven Landry, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Multifaceted Stakeholder Communications during Software Development Process for Citizen Science Applications – Wei Zhang, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Auditory Emoticons: Iterative Design and Acoustic Characteristics of Emotional Auditory Icons and Earcons – Jason Sterkenburg, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Assessing Cultural Groups via the Measure of Response Time Patterns – Yin-Yin Tan, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

View the Abstract Book | View the Photo Gallery | View the Results

Kejkaew Thanasuan
Kejkaew Thanasuan
Margo M. Woller-Carter
Margo M. Woller-Carter
Patrick Belling
Patrick Belling

Saima Ghazal is an Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipient

Saima GhazalSaima Ghazal, who is a PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Saima was nominated by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences based on her GPA, originality in research, professionalism, work ethic, and other selection criteria. Saima’s advisors are Edward T. Cokely and Rocio Garcia Retamero.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Saima Ghazal 2014 Scholar
Saima Ghazal accepts the Outstanding Scholarship Award from Jacqueline Huntoon.